New Kid on the Block: LmbU Expands the Repertoire of Specialized Metabolic Regulators in Streptomyces Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • ABSTRACT Streptomyces has an extensive natural product repertoire, including most of the naturally derived antibiotics. Understanding the control of natural product biosynthesis is central to antibiotic discovery and production optimization. Here, Hou et al. (J. Bacteriol. 200:00447-17, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.00447-17) report the identification and characterization of a novel regulator—LmbU—that functions primarily as an activator of lincomycin production in Streptomyces lincolnensis. Importantly, members of this new regulator family are associated with natural product biosynthetic clusters throughout the streptomycetes and their actinomycete relatives.

publication date

  • October 30, 2017